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Hello from Limburg

Alicatt
01 Aug, 2020 11:12
I'm Alistair, a Scot exiled in Limburg Belgium smile and just getting back into a bit of astronomy getting spurred on by a friend that is also a foreigner in Limburg.

I've dusted off my telescope and wheeled it out into the light again and with a newish DSLR camera been surprised how well it works with planetary imaging.

Got a long way to go but early efforts look promising.

I've not used my telescope since 2009 after an arm injury left my left arm and hand very weak, I'm getting some strength back in it but it is still a struggle, last night I managed to get my10" LX200R up on it's wedge, man I was terrified that it was going to tip over and it almost did, the far leg was about 15cm off the ground at one point!

Equipment being used:
Meade LX200R 10" on a field tripod with Superwedge, tripod is in a trolly that my son welded up for me so I can roll it in and out of the garage.
Petersen 2" Eyeopener
Meade flip mirror system 2"
Nikon D5600 DSLR or D200 - one downside of the Nikon image path is that it is longer than Cannons and the eyepiece in the flip mirror needs an extension to focus.
Starlight Express SVXF-H9 + Autoguider
Invatorke
01 Aug, 2020 19:18
Welcome!  I’m also from Limburg but living in Mechelen (Antwerp) now.  Good luck getting back into the game!

cheers
Alicatt
01 Aug, 2020 20:18
Thanks, I'm in Hechtel-Eksel, its fun, with my friend in Mol that is helping with encouragement and being a good bit better at the image processing than I am smile

The one thing I do miss is the dark skies from the far north of Scotland, and the rich field of stars you could see with the naked eye.
Invatorke
02 Aug, 2020 07:45
Alicatt
The one thing I do miss is the dark skies from the far north of Scotland, and the rich field of stars you could see with the naked eye.

I know, difficult to find some dark spots around here (especially in Flanders) - for some dark skies it's best to go South, like in the 'Hoge Venen'.
Douwe79
02 Aug, 2020 09:17
Welcome Alistair,

Good luck with starting out again! At least you are in a country with very good bears 😉

Gr from Holland
Invatorke
02 Aug, 2020 10:54
Douwe79
At least you are in a country with very good bears 😉
Didn't see many bears around here luckily, but certainly enough beers  smile
Douwe79
02 Aug, 2020 11:06
Whoops haha
Alicatt
02 Aug, 2020 19:32
Yes the beer goggles are to the detriment of seeing smile
But they do help lubricate the gears smile
A man's home is his Kasteel (Donker)

Having fun trying to install software to run my Starlight Express camera without having to regress back to Win XP …
And the telescope is not responding to the Autostar programs either, not sure if it is hardware at PC end or Telescope end or if it is software
WindowToTheUniverse
02 Aug, 2020 23:23
Greetings from Hasselt
 
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